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ERIC Number: EJ932631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0261-9768
Questions Asked by Primary Student Teachers about Observations of a Science Demonstration
Ahtee, Maija; Juuti, Kalle; Lavonen, Jari; Suomela, Liisa
European Journal of Teacher Education, v34 n3 p347-361 2011
Teacher questioning has a central role in guiding pupils to learn to make scientific observations and inferences. We asked 110 primary student teachers to write down what kind of questions they would ask their pupils about a demonstration. Almost half of the student teachers posed questions that were either inappropriate or presupposed that the pupils would know the answer. For example, they directly asked for an explanation of the phenomenon instead of asking what inferences the pupils could make on the basis of their observations. There was a lack of questions that would draw the pupils' attention to the variables that may cause the phenomenon to happen. Only about 15% of the student teachers formed questions such as "What is happening?" or "How is it happening?". All in all, primary student teachers seem to need extra practice in forming questions based on scientific observation. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Finland